Austin artist Shanny Lott captures energy and joy in her work by creating pieces that are “colorful, vibrant and eclectic.” Lott prefers to work outside the confines of any particular genre, using different mediums and techniques, often with her signature vivid hues. From Texas-inspired paintings to imaginative assemblages, her work includes pastels, charcoal, oil and installations.
Inspired by El Anatsui, an African artist who transforms simple materials into unique, large-scale assemblages, Lott began experimenting with manipulating soda can pieces for a volunteer project with pre-kindergarten children in 2012. That venture has led to the creation of a number of distinctive, origami-esque installations, including fluttering butterflies and undulating waters.
Lott attended The University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s and studied under famed sculptor Charles Umlauf. She returned two decades later to complete her studies and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her paintings, drawings and installations are found in galleries and private collections across the country.